Mexico’s Best Yoga Retreats and Classes

Posted By : Elite Travel Consulting/ 117 0

Yoga may have originated in India, but this health-minded discipline has found a perfect home in Mexico, as an increasing number of hotels and yoga schools are offering classes and venues that are designed to align physical, mental and spiritual well-being in some of the nation’s most beautiful settings.

Mexico’s dramatic Pacific coast provides memorable settings for practicing yoga. In Los Cabos, classes on the beach are included as part of the all-inclusive price at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, while Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort offers $15 classes on the balcony of its oceanview fitness center. Not far away, One&Only Palmilla employs a group of six on-site yoga instructors, with daily power yoga classes, as well as sunrise yoga on the beach. Private, 60-minute yoga classes are also available, tailored to the needs of couples, families, pregnant women, teens, mothers and babies and people looking to lose weight.

Yoga-oriented packages are a surefire way to make sure every traveler gets the rejuvenating experience they crave. In Los Cabos, CostaBaja Resort & Spa is partnering with Retreats Unlimited — which teams up top yoga, wellness and team-building instructors with resorts to provide retreat experiences — to offer a wellness getaway. Scheduled for April 7-11, the one-time “Renewed You From the Inside Out” program includes yoga, as well as cardio and Reiki sessions, plus styling and beauty tutorials.

The area around Puerto Vallarta is another hot spot for yoga-inspired relaxation. Playa Escondida, in the beachfront community of Sayulita, recently opened a new, thatch-roofed “palapa” hut designed specifically for practicing yoga. Located on a small cliff overlooking the Pacific, the venue hosts daily sessions, as well as private classes for up to 15 people.

Xinalani Retreat, set on 10 acres of jungle on the southern shore of Banderas Bay, is another wellness-focused property. Spiritual and yoga retreats, teacher training and “mind and body” workshops are among its offerings. With just 23 rooms and four dedicated yoga spaces, as well as a spa and “temazcal” (sweat lodge), Xinalani aims to provide lots of opportunities for aspiring and experienced yogis.

North of Puerto Vallarta, travelers looking for a truly private, yoga-filled vacation with family or a small group of friends should consider Villa Lunada, which is — as the name implies — a villa, complete with master bedroom, two guestrooms and a bonus room that can be used for sleeping or relaxing. Located in Punta Mita less than a mile from The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Villa Lunada has an outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean that can be used for private yoga instruction.

A sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean is also among the offerings at Capella Ixtapa Resort and Spa, which offers classes on a scenic yoga deck.

 

Yoga in the East

Mexico’s Caribbean coast is another promising place to try out your best upward-facing dog pose.

In the Riviera Maya, the Mayakoba complex has several locations for yoga at its three hotels (Fairmont Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba), as well as at MK Blue, an open-air palapa event space located on the beach. In addition, Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers group yoga classes twice daily, as well as private sessions.

Guests at Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort can take part in any of three group yoga classes per week, priced at $15 each, which take place either beachside, poolside or in the hotel’s Cenote Spa.

On a smaller scale is Organic Yoga Mexico, a wellness-oriented property with just five bungalows near the beachfront community of Akumal. In addition to yoga lessons, Organic Yoga Mexico offers activities such as bird-watching, nature photography and jungle hikes.

In the increasingly hip destination of Tulum, Amansala Resort + Retreat offers a variety of yoga retreat packages to fit different vacation goals. Its Beach ‘n’ Bliss program includes two daily yoga sessions, healthful meals, a massage, a Mayan clay treatment and a local sightseeing tour. The property’s Bikini Boot camp retreat, meanwhile, combines yoga with weight-loss practices, while Destination Detox goes for a more far-reaching effect, described as a “complete mind, body and spirit tune-up.”

Courtesy of: Mark Chesnut

Despite warning, Mexican officials say resort areas are safe

Posted By : Elite Travel Consulting/ 148 0

Mexico tourism officials this week were working to protect their tourism industry following a new U.S. travel warning that included some of the country’s most lucrative resort regions.

The updated warning advises travelers of increased homicide rates in the popular resort states of Baja California Sur, which includes Los Cabos, and the state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum, marking the first time the State Department issued such a warning for the popular resort regions.

“The overwhelming majority of those incidents have taken place in locations not frequented by international tourists, such as inner-city areas or private properties,” the Mexico Tourism Board said in a statement, adding that the Mexican government and its tourism industry were working toward trying to prevent violent incidents from occurring in areas frequented by international tourists.

“Los Cabos is completely safe,” said Rodrigo Esponda, managing director for the Los Cabos Tourism Board.

Esponda said that the destination is booming. He said he didn’t know why the State Department had updated its warning now or whether the update was at all politically motivated during a time of increased tensions between the U.S. and Mexican governments.

“Tourism has to be completely unrelated to any political environment,” Esponda said. “The fact that tourists travel to a country is precisely to know more of the culture, to enjoy, to relax. Not to be related to any political situation.”

Los Cabos recorded 2.1 million international tourists in 2016 and is on track to welcome 2.4 million this year.

For the past several years, the State Department has had an evolving travel warning in place for Mexico addressing the risks of travel in certain parts of the country due to the activities of criminal organizations.

“U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican states,” the updated travel warning says; it replaced a Dec. 8, 2016, version.

The current warning says that U.S. citizens should be aware that the state of Quintana Roo “experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to 2016. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens.

Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred,” the warning states. The language was similar in a section about Baja California Sur.

In a statement this week, Quintana Roo tourism secretary Marisol Venegas Perez emphasized that the updated warning was intended to be a message of additional precaution for travelers and doesn’t suggest any restriction on travel to Quintana Roo. She added tourism numbers in the state continue to grow, as do investments in its tourism economy.

Courtesy of Michelle Baran

Is Los Cabos Really Safe?

Posted By : Elite Travel Consulting/ 126 0

“The U.S. State Department´s recent travel advisory warning Americans about the risks of traveling to Cancun and Los Cabos should not be taken too seriously,” (emphasis added), according to an article in the Miami Herald, on 24 August 2017. The article went on to compare crime in Cancun, and the Los Cabos areas to cities in the U.S. Many cities in the U.S. simply have more crime. A careful reading of the travel advisory regarding Cabo specifically, indicates a recent rise in crime, but does NOT warn Americans away, as it does in other geographical locations. To drive this point home, I am unaware of a single U.S. or Canadian tourist having been harmed in a Cabo San Lucas tourist area by criminal factions. It’s just not an issue.

Millions of people come to visit Cabo and La Paz. They return home suntanned, with new experiences and new stories. They are almost always happy for having been here, even though they may be suffering hangovers. Recall that it was John Steinbeck, Nobel price-winner in Literature, that once commented, “Cabo is a drinking town…with a fishing problem.” And, that hasn’t changed much. But more to the point, Cabo beaches are safe, the Sea of Cortez is safe. Our tourist destinations are safe. And aside from the occasional hurricane, the only sign of turmoil and concern we see here, is an increased federal police and military presence. But even still, overall crime in Cabo, is less than many U.S. cities.

On a personal note, I have been a permanent resident of Cabo San Lucas for years. I live and work here, and I am out and about, driving, walking, watching, dining, cruising, sailing, etc., continually. I drive back and forth to La Paz, and other cities in Baja Sur, almost every week, and frequently more than once a week, and I have driven the entire thousand-mile length of the Baja, exactly fifty times as of this writing. In all this activity, I have never witnessed a single event where I felt in harm’s way.

In my experience, Mexicans, especially in the lower Baja, are very friendly, generally kind, and typically considerate. And, I feel SAFE here. I feel much safer than in many U.S. locations I have lived and traveled. But that’s not all there is to it. Los Cabos and La Paz are two of the nicest areas in the world. In my opinion, visitors have no reason to be worried about staying here. Yes, there is occasional violence. But the simple truth is that tourists and ex-pats are not the target.

In an article titled, “The U.S. is raising warnings about Mexico’s tourist hot spots, but some see a NAFTA-related gambit,” published in the Business Insider, on 28 August, it suggests the U.S. State Department is sending a message to the Mexican government that they can destroy their tourism industry if they do not agree to “pay for the wall,” in the NAFTA re-negotiations taking place right now. Hmmm. Maybe. Maybe not. But what I can tell you is that in my Cabo neighborhood, lots of folks still don’t even lock their doors. This is rather reminiscent of America in the 1950´s. I guess we have some catching up to do.

Courtesy of Terry Neal

Hurricane Safe Destinations

Posted By : Elite Travel Consulting/ 84 0

 Hurricane-Safe Travel Destinations

Hurricane season is upon us and anyone who has scheduled a late-summer vacation in the Southeast over the past few years knows how a hurricane can wreck havoc with your vacation plans, regardless of where you’re traveling. For 2010, we have complied a list of hurricane-safe destinations for you and your family to enjoy. Whiles most of these destinations are not a sure things, they have been among the safest of the past several years. Don’t let the hurricane season spoil your travel plans this year!

Hurricane-Safe Destinations ~ Pick Your Travel Destination Well

OUR RECOMMENDED DESTINATIONS & VACATION EXPERIENCES
GO ON A CRUISE:

The good thing about cruises is that they can usually sail around the worst of a storm. And today’s ships are extraordinarily safe and with the advanced weather tracking available today, bad weather is something they can avoid. The downside is that the cruise line always reserves the right to reschedule port calls and change itineraries for weather-related reasons and therefore you may not get to visit the places you had hoped to.

The big advantage of sailing during hurricane season is that prices tend to drop to their lowest point of the year.  Your best deals are during the fall months — late August to mid December, so it’s an attractive time to buy a cruise. And the reality is that statistically speaking the chances that your particular voyage is going to be affected by a hurricane are very slim. But it does happen, from time to time. The thing to bear in mind is that it is a possibility and to approach the cruise with the right attitude.


 

 



POPULAR CRUISE DESTINATIONS:

When planning a trip to the Caribbean during hurricane season, it is good to know .
that hurricanes are less likely the further south you go. The islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St. Vincent, including the islands below them, are the least hit by hurricanes. However, as Grenada discovered in 2004 with Hurricane Ivan, never say never and keep in mind that hurricanes are unpredictable. If you still prefer to travel to the usual destinations, we recommend look for hotels and resorts that offers hurricane guarantees or something similar

Antigua

Antigua’s secluded white beaches – among the most pristine in all the Caribbean – provide the ideal setting for a tropical paradise. The azure seas surrounding all sides of the island beckon you to the beaches, all 365 of them.

Aruba
Hurricane-free year round, the beaches and hotels of
Aruba welcome those who travel for romance.

Barbados

Barbados offers all the things a Caribbean vacationer needs in a tropical paradise – coral shore beaches, crystal clear waters, a climate that’s sure to delight, and for water sports enthusiasts, a dream come true.

Bonaire

Included in the “ABC” islands, along with Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, in particular the preservation of the marine environment, and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, among other things.

Curacao

On Curacao, there’s never a shortage of exciting things to do – with sailing or fishing, kayaking or windsurfing, shopping or dining, the options feel practically endless.

Nevis

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sparsely peopled beaches combine in the sister islands of St Kitts & Nevis to make them one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean.

St Kitts

An uncrowded, unspoiled respite in the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers its natural beauty like a welcome mat for first-time and returning visitors alike. The island boasts pristine and gleaming shores surrounded by sparkling cobalt waters, plus many other facets to this impressive jewel of an island.

St Lucia

Rich in cultural history and natural beauty, the island nation of St Lucia offers a touch of everything you want in a Caribbean vacation. An unspoiled, tropical gem nestled in a chain of islands known as the Lesser Antilles, St Lucia traces its colorful history to long before colonial times, yet it has a legacy of over 400 years of European influence.

St Maarten/St Martin

Like well-suited counterparts, this striking dreamland offers two very distinct ad equally fabulous destinations on one island. The Dutch St. Maarten is a bustling haven, where surfers and divers head towards electrifying nightlife when the sun sets.     The French St. Martin provides a more low-key ambiance, where serene bays set the tone for relaxing feasts and peaceful strolls along moonlit shores.

Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago – two islands, one country. Two vacations in one – could you ask for a better deal? Lying just off the South American coast, this is the most culturally diverse of its peers, with a landscape and natural history as rich and varied as the rainbow faces of its many distinct heritages.


 

MEXICO – (Central & West Coast):

Enjoy a Mexican beach getaway to fabulous resorts in Acapulco, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Experience great beaches and visit ancient cultures. Lounge on the beach and enjoy the pulsating Mexican nightlife. If you still prefer to travel to the usual destinations, we recommend look for hotels and resorts that offers hurricane guarantees or something similar.

Acapulco

The gorgeous beaches, romantic sunsets, and glamorous nightlife that attracted Hollywood’s hottest celebrities in the 1950s are still very much a part of Acapulco today. This “Queen of Mexican Beach Resorts” is set around a crescent-shaped bay and framed by verdant mountains that plunge into warm, sapphire waters.

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo

On the Gold Coast, the dynamic resort center of Ixtapa and the quaint fishing pueblo of Zihuatanejo are contrasting twins. One is bold, beautiful and full of action, and the other is a quiet wallflower, living a simple life on the outer edge of her sister’s spotlight. Ixtapa is the most modern resort on Mexico’s west coast, with half of its land protected as an ecological reserve.

Mazatlan

While other beach resorts in Mexico work hard to dazzle visitors with mega-resort excitement, the equation for a great vacation in Mazatlan is a simple one of fun, plus food, plus lots of world-class fishing. Mexico’s largest West Coast port and the second largest coastal city combines affordable accommodations with seaside charm and plenty of ways to have fun in the sun.

Mexico City Mexico City’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aztec ruins, the continent’s largest cathedral, and historic architecture make Mexico City an interesting place to visit. Mexico City is also a dangerous place to visit and security should be a major concern of anyone who visits the Mexican capital.

Puerto Vallarta
Spectacular beaches, great tanning weather and a fun city combine to make
Puerto Vallarta an attractive destination. Its Bay of Banderas is the place to be, but touring the nearby jungles on horseback is also an attractive option. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is an area of Mexico that has attracted many talented artists and is known as one of the country’s centers for the fine arts.

Los Cabos
To many travelers,
Cabo has become the “place to be” in Mexico. Good beaches, great shoreline, golf, fishing, and wild nightlife combine to make the Cabo area an attractive destination for a variety of travelers.


CENTRAL AMERICA:

Enjoy a different kind of vacation experience…Central American style! Lounge on the beach, visit ancient archeological ruins and enjoy the pulsating island nightlife. Adventurous travelers will want to participate in one of the fabulous Eco-tours offered.

Liberia, Costa Rica – (Costa Rica’s western region)Liberia is the capital of the Guanacaste province and is fast becoming the new gateway to the sunny Guanacaste beaches. Over the past couple of years it has become more and more popular with tourists, just recently a new international airport in Liberia has opened up and many American airline carriers are now flying into Liberia. Liberia is very close to popular Tamarindo and its surrounding beaches and it is also becoming the preferred city to fly into if you are going to the new resorts in the Papagayo Gulf, only 30-40 minutes away. It is also very close to some popular and beautiful national parks. Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and Parque Nacional Guanasate are just to the north and are worth visiting.


 

 

UNITED STATES:

California

Enjoy a Los Angeles getaway and include multi-day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Bonus Tickets, or Universal Studios® Hollywood. Thrill to Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland® Park plus other exciting theme park attractions and entertainment. Or travel to San Francisco and experience the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown.  Also See:

  • Anaheim

  • Los Angeles

  • San Diego

  • San Francisco

Hawaii

Hawaii is enchanting. Its beauty will stun you. Its floral scents will surround you. Its culture will fascinate you. Its legends will intrigue you. Its world-class resorts will pamper you, and you’ll be treated as honored guests, as the “Spirit of Aloha” embraces you.  There are several Hawaii vacation packages, and hotels to choose from.  Day or night, flexible vacations options are available.

Las Vegas
Everywhere you look, from the
Las Vegas Strip to the dazzling Freemont Street Experience, there’s an incredible variety of things to see and do. Take a roller coaster ride around Manhattan skyscrapers.  Trek through space at warp speed. Visit the world’s tallest Coke bottle, or the tallest observation tower in the United States. Take a chance with Lady Luck. Dine from buffet to gourmet. Swing into championship golf. Or relax beside a refreshing pool. These are just some of the many incredible experiences waiting for you in this remarkable desert playground.   Las Vegas is one of our top 5 hurricane-safe travel destinations.


EUROPE:http://cmtravelonline.com/popular-destinations/go-europe

Explore Italy, Ireland and the rest of Europe. Experience one of our European vacations our European tours. From our independent travel packages to European escorted tours, we feature only the best companies offering European travel and vacation packages.   The dream of European travel is easily turned into reality with our broad range of vacation packages across a continent of distinctive cultures.


AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC:

We invite you to experience the splendid diversity of Australia and South Pacific; from breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to the vastness of the rugged Outback,  to the beautiful islands of Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, and Cook Islands – the most romantic destinations in the world.

 


AFRICA, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA & INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS:

Please visit Elite Travel Consulting.com or Dream Excursions.com for exceptional vacation experiences to these fine destinations. Your Elite Travel Consultant can customize virtually any itinerary to fit your specific needs.

Destination information courtesy of Funjet Vacations, and Travel Impressions, our preferred vacation suppliers.

Introducing Elite Travel Collection

Posted By : Elite Travel Consulting/ 79 0
Elite Travel collection is our unique line of luxury tours which includes our romantic getaways, sumptuous culinary tours,Luxury@Night Tours, Safari Holidays and luxury tented camp resort experiences. Elite Travel Collection is designed for those who prefer to travel at their own pace or explore places beyond the brochure itineraries, we offer unrivalled experience in organizing customized vacations and group travel to the Caribbean, Mexico, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America. Our consultants will be delighted to suggest ideas to compliment your own itinerary to suit your interests, time and budget. Please call us today at 1-888-963-8986 or 1-559-207-0545, or our local office 757-240-6645 for more information about our tours and vacations. See what’s included in our collection of tours.

————————————————-

Elite Travel Consulting Inc.
Toll Free: 1-888-963-8986 or 1-559-207-0545
www.elitetravelconsulting.com
www.facebook.com/EliteTravelConsulting

www.twitter.com/elite_travel